Lightning's improbable 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks forces the NHL to check the record book
The Lightning's improbable 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night at the United Center got the NHL's research department going.
Tampa Bay was trailing 2-0 and had been outshot 25-6 after two periods (12-0 in the first), but came back to tie with goals in 103 seconds from Marty St. Louis and Teddy Purcell. It won the shootout 1-0 on Valtteri Filppula's goal and with three saves by goaltender Ben Bishop, who was the star of the game with 37 stops in regulation and overtime while the Lightning was being outshot 39-16.
Here is what the NHL found out:
* The last time Chicago held its opponent without a shot on goal in a period was Dec. 4, 1946, versus Detroit (second period of a 0-0 tie).
* The last time Tampa Bay did not register a shot on goal in a period was Feb. 12, 1999, versus Phoenix (second period of a 3-1 loss).
* The last time any NHL team failed to record a shot on goal in a period but went on to win the game was Oct. 7, 2011, when Buffalo registered zero third-period shots on goal in a 4-1 victory over Anaheim.
* The last time any NHL team won a game in which it recorded fewer than 20 shots on goal and trailed by two in the third period was Feb. 19, 2004, when the Atlanta Thrashers pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory over the Senators despite being outshot 33-17.
* The last time any NHL team earned a point in a game in which it recorded fewer than 20 shots on goal and trailed by two in the third period was Nov. 21, 2009, when the Canadiens suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings after being outshot 34-18.